George Zimmerman, the 28 year-old charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Martin on February 26 in Sanford, Florida seeks to admit evidence of the victim Trayvon Martin’s school records.
Despite the efforts of the deceased Trayvon Martin’s family to keep school and social media records private, a Florida judge, Circuit Judge Debra has ruled that the records can be provided to Gearge Zimmerman’s defense attorneys. The decisions came just hours after Martin’s father made a plea to the court not to disclose his son’s records.
This judge’s decision may prompt the schools that Trayvon Martin attended, to provide all documents in relation to his grades, attendance, and disciplinary actions. However, the medical records must be given to the prosecutors subject to her review as to admissibility.
Martin’s death has sparked nationwide protests and inflamed public passions over race relations and gun control, as well as Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows the use of deadly force when a person perceives a threat to safety. This decision will certainly outrage some, including the Martin family who states, “I think it’s wrong that we attack the victim,” said Tracy Martin. “Our first priority shouldn’t be to assassinate the character of the victims and make dead children seem as though they’re the perpetrator.”